Natural Grocers, Starbucks coming to Frisco after vote clears path |

Natural Grocers, Starbucks coming to Frisco after vote clears path

Vega Architecture proposed plans on Thursday for a new Natural Foods, located at 970 North Ten Mile Drive in Frisco, Colo.
Courtesy of Vega Architecture |

Frisco residents can look forward to shopping at a new Natural Grocers market and Starbucks in the next year.

On Thursday, the Frisco Planning Commission approved a proposed development application by Leadership Circle LLC to build a Natural Grocers on the empty lot near the Whole Foods market, which opened in April.

Monet Ragsdale, with Leadership Circle, said this would be the 20th store the company had developed for Natural Grocers.

The store is on just one parcel of a lot, owned by NAVA Real Estate, that will also contain a Starbucks and an unnamed tenant.


“This is a very prominent retail corridor. It catches a lot of traffic for visitors coming through I-70,” said Bryan Levitt, president of the Denver-based NAVA. “It’s a matter of finding the right tenant, and making it all work from a design and functionality standpoint.”

The 15,000-square-foot Natural Grocers will feature a demonstration kitchen that will bring in local cooks and have seating for 15-20 people, according to Doug Poppe, project planner for Vega Architecture, which is working on the building design. Poppe also plans to add seating and bike racks outside of the store.

“We’re trying to restore the historic look of the building based on what the city looked like before,” he said.

Construction of the store is scheduled to be completed between late 2015 and the beginning of 2016.

Just across the street, the new Starbucks drive-thru is slated to open this summer.

The property, located at 970 and 980 N. Ten Mile Drive and measuring 101,768 square feet, has been vacant since 1981. Known as the Christmas Tree Lot, it was approved for development in 2014.

Natural Grocers could not be reached for comment.

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